High School Plein Air

Guest Speaker

Open to the Public –

The Cincinnati Art Club and Cincinnati Parks are excited to announce the seventh annual Greater Cincinnati High School Art Students Plein Air Art Competition. The contest will be held Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2023, at Mt. Echo Park. An invitation has been sent to high school art teachers in the Greater Cincinnati region to nominate three of their best art students to attend our annual event. Those high school students accepted into the competition meet over a weekend to work from life in an outdoor setting, or working “en plein air.” Using only the supplied materials, all the artists are free to create their own interpretation of the location.

On Sunday, October 8, 2023, an Exhibition of the completed work will be held at the Herman & Bessie Wessel Gallery, Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio. All artwork completed by the student artists will be on display. Recognized professional artists of the CAC will judge the submitted artwork for Four Levels of Cash prizes and an Artist Choice Award.

Judges will present awards at the Cincinnati Art Club on Sunday, October 8th, 2023
1st Prize- $500
The First Place winner will also
take home a Trophy for their high school to display
2nd Prize- $200
3rd Prize- $150
4th Prize- $100
CAC Artists’ Choice- $50

Plus the 4 Award-Winning works will be framed and displayed at The Cincinnati Art Museum Education Center during the 2023-2024 period. The previous year’s winners will move to the Cincinnati Zoo Education Center during 2023-2024 period.

The High School Plein Air location has changed over the years. Our first two events were hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, we then moved to Eden Park in Cincinnati, Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill, and Gorman Heritage Farm last year. This year we are being hosted at:

Mt. Echo Park
251 Mt. Echo Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

We also cannot thank our sponsors enough for their gracious support! A special shout out to Plaza Artists Supplies and an Anonymous Donor for their generosity.

For more information, email: hspleinair@cincinnatiartclub.com

This Year’s HSPA–


Mt. Echo Park
September 23 & 24, 2023
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Cincinnati Art Club
Herman & Bessie Wessel Gallery
October 8, 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Awards: 3:30 PM
Open to the Public